St Thomas of Canterbury College Enrolment Scheme Amendment 2022

Closed 26 Aug 2022

Opened 25 Jul 2022


The Ministry of Education has been working with St Thomas of Canterbury College to make some changes to their enrolment scheme.

This is to continue to assist the Board to manage a situation where there is more demand for enrolments than there are places available within the maximum roll, provide a fair and transparent process for enrolment and to ensure we are making the best use of schooling facilities across the network of local schools.

Click here for the purpose and principles of an enrolment scheme. (Right click to open in a new window) 

Click here for how this applies to a State integrated school (Right click to open in a new window)

This amendment to the enrolment scheme reflects the Education and Training Act 2020 as well as recently redrawn parish boundaries. This change identifies areas of reasonable convenience for St Thomas of Canterbury College in the form of Qualifying Parishes (see maps below). Applicants to St Thomas of Canterbury College who reside in a Qualifying Parish will be prioritised above applicants who do not. This is a format that has been consulted upon and agreed with the Catholic Education Office and these changes align with amendments proposed and made to other Catholic single sex secondary schools in Christchurch.

Proposed enrolment scheme amendment (Right click to open in a new window)  

The amended enrolment scheme for St Thomas of Canterbury College is proposed to commence from 01 January, 2024.

Note that all students who are already enrolled at St Thomas of Canterbury College before the enrolment scheme changes commence are entitled to stay at St Thomas of Canterbury College.

It’s important that we hear and understand community perspectives before we establish these changes to the enrolment scheme at St Thomas of Canterbury College – especially the design of the enrolment categories and priorities. We would also like to hear any specific feedback around the inclusion of the wording "any issues relating to obtaining preference certificates must be resolved with the relevant priest or a bishop-appointed parish preference committee member."

Please have a look at the proposed information available before you participate in the consultation process.

This consultation process is about enrolment schemes, which determines the entitlement to enrol. Please see FAQs for definitions of pre-enrolment and enrolment.  


Information (please read this before completing the survey)

Written description of proposed enrolment scheme amendment (Right click to open in a new window) 

Current enrolment scheme (Right click to open in a new window)

Frequently Asked Questions about Enrolment Schemes (Right click to open in a new window) 

Please see the attached Parish boundaries at the bottom of the page.

What happens next

After consultation is finished, the Ministry of Education will collate all feedback and process this information to ensure it meets the requirements of the Education and Training Act 2020. If the Ministry is satisfied that the enrolment schemes meets these requirements, the enrolment scheme will be finalised and provided to the Board. The school’s board must implement the finalised enrolment scheme as soon as practicable.